Did Jordan really get food poisoning before Game 5 of 1997 NBA Finals? Man who says he made the pizza says don't blame him.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Basketball

CHICAGO -- What did Craig Fite know and when did he know it?

Chicago got some answers on the "poisoned pizza" front, and they were about as satisfying as the extra-pepperoni thin crust that Michael Jordan ordered the night before his legendary performance in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.

Fite outed himself on Facebook and then did a 14-minute radio interview Tuesday night on Utah's "The Zone."

Fite said he was the assistant manager of the Park City Pizza Hut that fed Jordan's desires around 10 p.m. He said he washed his hands, personally constructed the pizza and hand-delivered it.

"I will make the pizza because I don't want any of you doing anything to it," Fife said he told the other employees in the store. "I told the driver: You are you going to take me there. It will be my first delivery."

Fife said he had "no idea" it was for Jordan but that he "assumed" it was for someone on the Bulls.


Fife said the tale that athletic trainer Tim Grover told on ESPN's "The Last Dance" -- that five delivery guys arrived at the hotel -- was not accurate.

"There were only two of us," Fife said.

Fife said that once he approached Jordan's room or suite, it felt like he got "punched in the face" by cigar smoke.

The pizza cost $15. Grover gave him $20 and told him to keep the change.


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